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Miliary Spouse Options

  • Preference Program
  • Military Spouse Authority
  • DOD Military Spouse Preference Program

    The Military Spouse Preference (MSP) program applies to spouses of active duty military members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard and full-time National Guard. The program offers opportunities for spouses who desire priority consideration for competitive service positions at DOD activities in the U.S. and its territories and possessions. When a Service Member is relocated via a permanent change of station (PCS), the spouse is entitled to MSP for all positions in the commuting area of the new duty station; meaning, they must be selected before other best qualified candidates for the position. To be eligible, the spouse must be married to the military sponsor prior to the date of PCS orders, meet all pre-employment criteria, and meet basic qualifications for the position.

  • Military Spouse Noncompetitive Appointing Authority

    The Military Spouse Noncompetitive Appointing Authority can be used by Agencies to non-competitively appoint certain military spouses to positions in the Competitive service on a permanent, temporary, or term basis. Used at the discretion of the agency, the authority does not entitle spouses to an appointment over any other applicant. To be eligible to use this authority, the Veteran must be unable to qualify for a Federal position due to a service-connected disability. This means that the Veteran must be unemployed AND is rated by an appropriate military or Department of Veterans Affairs authority to be 100 percent disabled and/or unemployable; OR has retired, been separated, or resigned from a civil service position on the basis of a disability that is service-connected in origin; OR has attempted to obtain a civil service position or other position along the lines of his or her usual occupation and has failed to qualify because of a service-connected disability.